Rarely do we actually find a drink that perfectly pairs with the tunes at hand, but this time I think we’ve managed the perfect pairing, if you can survive to the end of it. Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Primitive Man’s Insurmountable and Hubbard’s Cave’s Come Heavy or Not at All.
The Tunes: Primitive Man’s Insurmountable
You don’t need an introduction to Primitive Man. The Denver trio has been putting out the actual for-real heaviest music on the planet for a solid decade now, and they show no signs of slowing down or changing course. If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to see them live, you know the sonic onslaught presented to you is enough to make your actual bones rattle inside your body. Not a whole lot changes about the game plan on Insurmountable. Heavy is as heavy does, and this is fucking heavy doom laden with harsh noise, feedback, dissonance, stomach-churning vocals and more sludgy, pulverizing riffs than you can shake a stick at. Even though it is “just” an EP, the four tracks stretch to almost 40 minutes (which is my favorite kind of EP), including the addition of a Smashing Pumpkins cover, for some reason, I guess. I really shouldn’t be too quick to judge its inclusion: it does sound exactly like what you’d think Primitive Man covering Smashing Pumpkins would sound like and it gives a glimpse into an influence on the band you might not expect, given Billy Corgan’s voice doesn’t tend to rumble the bowels the way Ethan’s does. Besides this, Insurmountable does show a couple different sides to the band and showcase that they have more than a few tricks up their sleeves. Particularly on lead single “Cage Intimacy,” the trio lets loose with more industrial and black metal motifs before ending the way most Primitive Man songs do: a cacophony of harsh noise and feedback. On opener “This Life” the drums bring a particular groove to the slow, downtrodden tempo and play around in the massive amounts of space created in the riffs, and “Boiled” is the least harsh their noise has ever been. At the end of the day, this is a Primitive Man release and you get what you pay for, but 1) ain’t no goddamn thing wrong with that, and 2) this is a band that is continually expanding their already expansive sound, and I look forward to whatever the hell is next.
The Booze: Hubbard’s Cave Brewery’s Come Heavy or Not at All
I honestly had no idea what I was going to find that could possibly pair with the crushing heaviness of a Primitive Man release. I wracked my brain trying to come up with something, but it turns out the answer lies only about 10 minutes from our house. Come Heavy or Not at All is a product of Hubbard’s Cave Brewery in sunny beautiful Niles, Illinois, and it pairs quite beautifully with Insurmountable in more ways than just name. Firstly, this is a 10% ABV Scottish ale. She’s *heavy* heavy. Secondly, sipping this beer is like biting straight into a loaf of bread, albeit in all the best ways possible. It’s supremely malty, sweet all the way through, dense but not overwhelming and with a clean stone fruit finish, and best of all it lacks the rubbing-alcohol aftertaste that a lot of high ABV beers are guilty of. It is actually quite drinkable and more than just a gimmick beer. Just make sure you have nowhere else to go after you’re done drinking.
Cheers, be good to each other, and try to get the ringing out of your ears.